Respite care beds slashed by council
AMOVE to close Hollins View and slash the number of respite care beds from 72 to 19 has been defended by the council.
Cheshire East plans to close Hollins View, which provides residential respite care, at the end of the year, despite an appeal by the Express and campaign which included petitions with 2,000 signatures.
Lincoln House in Crewe will also shut and care will be provided in independent care homes.
Campaigners hoped a meeting of the health and adult social care scrutiny committee last week (Thursday, November 5) would be a last chance for members to keep Hollins View open. But chairman Jos Saunders said it wasn’t in the scope of the meeting to revisit the decision.
Councillors heard from Jean Bennett, from Macclesfield, who cares for her dad Clifford Ogden who has dementia and enjoys stays at Hollins View. She said Hollins View provides good quality 24 hour care and she is concerned she still has not been told where he will go when it shuts.
The meeting heard the tender process to buy respite beds is nearly complete and the homes will be named next week. It’s not clear how many beds will be in Macclesfield or how much they will cost.
There will only be 19 pre-bookable respite beds across the borough, compared to the 72 beds at Hollins View, Lincoln House and Mountview in Congleton - which has already shut.
Coun Laura Jeuda, who is against the closure, said she is concerned about a ‘care crisis’ across the country.
She said: “I’m concerned there are going to be so few beds available. We have got two respite care homes which people are happy with and people don’t know where they will go. One person told me I would visit a kennel a few times before sending my dog there, but I’m being asked to hang on, wait for where I’m told to go and that’s where my husband will go. We will leave a lot of carers unsup- ported.”
Coun Janet Clowes, portfolio holder for adults, health and leisure, told coun Jeuda she was ‘overexaggerating’.
She said: “When we looked at people using the three homes we found that a lot of the residential respite was not being taken up. There were a lot of long term patients who should be cared for elsewhere.
“The need is 5,000 bed nights a year and we’ve bought 19 beds which is 7,000 bed nights. We can now offer residential and nursing so it’s a better range of care.”
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